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Nicaea and its LegacyAn Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology$
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Lewis Ayres

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755067

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0198755066.001.0001

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Shaping the Alternatives: AD 350–360

Shaping the Alternatives: AD 350–360

6 Shaping the Alternatives: AD 350–360
Nicaea and its Legacy

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Considers the period between 350 and 360. It begins with a consideration of the Emperor Constantius II and his influence on this decade. Consideration of his support for the gradually emerging ‘Homoian’ movement and its direct critique of ousia language is followed by an account of Athanasius’s initial defence of Nicaea’s terminology in the 350s. Offers an account of Aetius and Eunomius, showing how their theology helped to define the theological conflict of this decade. Discussion of Basil of Ancyra and the Homoiousians is followed by an account of the theoogy of Cyril of Jerusalem. Cyril possibly stands as an example of the theology of many eastern bishops who found themselves caught between more polemic options.

Keywords:   Aetius, Athanasius, Basil of Ancyra, Constantius, creeds, Eunomians, Eunomius, Homoians, Homoiousians, homoousios, Nicaea

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